Seventh International Conference on Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma

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The Seventh International Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Conference will bring together clinicians (physicians, nurses, and advanced practice providers), social workers, researchers, forensic scientists, engineers and others from a wide range of disciplines to share their research efforts, discuss research challenges and controversies in this field, and develop cross-disciplinary collaborations to further advance our understanding of abusive head injuries.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for this conference.

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Overall Objectives

  • Interpret findings from studies related to pediatric abusive head trauma (AHT) from a broad range of disciplines
  • Evaluate ongoing controversies related to pediatric AHT
  • Promote intercollegial AHT research across disciplines


Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


$450 for physicians and PhDs, $200 for others

The fee includes:

  • Cost of instruction
  • All listed meals
  • Handout materials (online)

Registrations received after Sept. 25, 2019, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received after Sept. 19, 2019, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after Sept. 22, 2019.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.

Local Attractions

Join us in Hershey

Hershey is conveniently located in central Pennsylvania, just 90 minutes from Baltimore and Philadelphia, two hours from Washington, DC, and three hours from New York City.

Faculty, Agenda and Objectives

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019

  • 7 a.m. | Check-in/Materials/Continental Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. | Welcome and Introductory Remarks
    Mark S. Dias, MD
    Lori Frasier, MD
  • 8:15 a.m. | Genetic Disorders to Consider in the Workup of AHT
    Natasha Shur, MD
    Head, Division of Genetics; Department of Pediatrics
    National Children’s Hospital
    Washington, DC
  • 9 a.m. | Molecular Signatures of Traumatic Brain Injury
    Steven Hicks MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Penn State College of Medicine
    Hershey, PA
  • 9:45 a.m. | Break
  • 10 a.m. | 2018 Literature Update: Important Advances/Publications
    Steve Boos, MD
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    University of Massachusetts College of Medicine
    Springfield, MA

    Q&A with Morning Presenters

  • 11:15 a.m. | Scientific Session 1
    (Abstract Presentations)
  • 12 p.m. | Lunch
  • 1 p.m. | Scientific Session II
    (Abstract Presentations)
  • 2:30 p.m. | Break


  • 2:45 p.m. | Scientific Session II
    (Abstract Presentations, Continued)
  • 4 p.m. | Adjourn

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019

  • 7 a.m. | Breakfast and Networking
  • 8:15 a.m. | Mini-Symposium: Neuroradiology
    • Basic MRI Sequences – What Do They Mean? How Should We Interpret Them?
      Arabinda Kumar Choudhary, MD, MRCP, FRCR
      Professor of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine
      Chair of Radiology, Nemours Children’s Hospital
      Wilmington, DE
    • Review of Cranial and Spinal Neuroimaging in AHT: How Specific (or Not)?
      Arabinda Kumar Choudhary, MD, MRCP, FRCR
      Professor of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine
      Chair of Radiology, Nemours Children’s Hospital
      Wilmington, DE
    • Timing of Cranial Injuries
      Mark Dias, MD
      Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
      Penn State Health Children’s Hospital
      Penn State College of Medicine
      Hershey, PA
    • The Future of Neuroradiology: Advanced Imaging Techniques
      Giulio Zuccoli, MD
      Professor and Chief of Neuroradiology
      Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
      University of Pennsylvania
      Philadelphia, PA
  • 9:45 a.m. | Break
  • 10 a.m. | Biomarkers of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
    Ericka Fink, MD
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care Medicine)
    Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Q&A with Morning Presenters

  • 11:45 a.m. | Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. | Scientific Session III
    (Abstract Presentations)
  • 2:45 p.m. | Break
  • 3 p.m. | Panel: The SBU Controversy – Is It Really?
    Gabriel Otterman, MD, MPH, PhD
    Senior Consultant Pediatrician, Child Protection
    Uppsala University Children’s Hospital

    Joelle Moreno, JD
    Associate Dean and Professor of Law
    Florida International University Law
    Miami, FL

  • 4:15 p.m. | Concluding Remarks
    Mark Dias, MD
    Lori Frasier, MD
  • 4:30 p.m. | Evaluation and Adjournment


Accommodations are the responsibility of the participant.

A block of rooms has been reserved at:
Hershey Lodge
325 University Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033

Deadline: Aug. 26, 2019
After this date, room rates are subject to availability.

Rate is $179 per room in the standard room block.

Reserve online or call 855-729-3108, group name Pediatric Head Trauma.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and educational balance)

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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